We are excited to announce that Alina Kim has joined Shiru as Food Science Research Associate.

Shiru’s mission is to feed people sustainably by leveraging machine learning and precision biology to identify and create ideal food proteins. Alina’s background in food science and experience in the industry is crucial in the continuing performance evaluation of our increasing ingredient catalog for various different food matrices.

Alina received her B.S. in Food Science and minor in Nutrition and Health from Cornell University. Throughout college, she held internships in the QA/QC space and upon graduating, booked her one-way ticket from New Jersey to California to intern at Mattson, where she worked in various capacities on products such as beverages, nutrition bars, and French fries. Alina comes to us most recently from Cana Technology, a beverage tech start-up that is reimagining how the world consumes beverages. At Cana, she focused on compounding flavors and developing traditional and complex beverages through data-driven approaches. With experience in multiple facets of the food and beverage industry under her belt, she has joined Shiru to help push the boundaries of innovation in the plant-based space.

“Shiru’s mission of re-thinking the food system for a healthier and more sustainable future through its protein ingredients highly aligns with my personal passion of helping to make it easier for people to make good choices when it comes to the foods they consume. I am looking forward to being at the intersection of product development and analytics and facilitating the flow of insights from data to food, and vice versa. I am very thankful and excited to be part of this journey with an incredible team in a truly empowering and supportive environment.”

Outside of the lab, you can find Alina (in no specific order) running through Golden Gate Park, catching up on Netflix shows, or making her way through the Bay Area food scene, especially in search of the most authentic east coast-style bagel.